2021 TISC GUIDE WESTERN AUSTRALIAN UNIVERSITY UNDERGRADUATE COURSES CURTIN, ECU, MURDOCH AND UWA
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i/ 2021 2 0 2 1 T I S C G U ID E TISC GUIDE Western Australian university undergraduate courses Curtin, ECU, Murdoch and UWA
/ ii TISC 2 0 2 1 T I S C G U ID E TISC’S ROLE TISC runs a joint applications system for admission to undergraduate courses at the ADDRESS universities below. ertiary Institutions Service Centre T • Curtin University Level 1, 100 Royal Street East Perth WA 6004 • Edith Cowan University (ECU) • Murdoch University Limited street parking is available. • The University of Western Australia A multi-storey car park is located diagonally opposite TISC. The yellow TISC receives and processes applications for CAT bus stops opposite TISC. admission to these universities. TISC doesn’t select applicants, assess qualifications or TELEPHONE decide eligibility for admission - the universities (08) 9318 8000 do this. If you want detailed information about a course or want to check the likelihood of FACSIMILE selection, you should ask the Admissions (08) 9225 7050 Centre of the university offering that course. WEBSITE www.tisc.edu.au OFFICE HOURS 9.00am – 4.30pm weekdays The information in this book is correct at 30 June 2020 and is based on information supplied by the participating universities. It is relevant only for admission in 2021 and is subject to change without notice. In particular, the universities reserve the right to change the content and/or the method of presentation and/or the method of assessment of any unit of study, to withdraw any unit of study or program which they offer, to impose limitations on enrolment in any unit or program, and/or to vary arrangements for any program. Enquiries regarding university admission requirements should be directed to the individual university(ies) concerned. TISC and the participating universities cannot accept liability for any incorrect advice received from sources other than TISC, the universities or the universities’ officially appointed agents. ‘TISC’ is a registered trademark. ‘ATAR’ is a registered trademark. Copyright TISC is the owner of the Copyright in this publication. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study, criticism or review, as permitted under the Copyright Act, no part may be reproduced or extracted by any process without TISC’s written permission. Publisher: Tertiary Institutions Service Centre Ltd Enquiries should be addressed to the Executive Officer, TISC. Editors: Wayne Betts, Georgina Ker, Elizabeth Owens TISC has no objection to schools and tertiary institutions reproducing small portions of this publication provided it is ONLY for use within their own Cover/Internal Design: Scott Print institution and the Copyright statement is included. Sections should not be Prepress/Printer: Scott Print copied out of context where information could be incomplete and/or misleading. Schools and tertiary institutions must ensure that this information is not transmitted to any other person or body without prior permission from TISC.
1/ 2 0 2 1 T I S C G U ID E TABLE OF CONTENTS IMPORTANT DATES 2 What other ATAR information is available? 10 I’ve got a main round offer! What do I do next? 10 HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? 3 I didn’t get a main round offer - What are my options? 11 Application processing fee 3 Second round offers 11 Change of preference 3 I’ve been made a second round offer. What do I do now? 11 UAAL (Universities Admission Advice Letter) 3 Enrolments and Deferrals 11 Payment of application processing fee 3 How do I enrol? 11 INTRODUCTION TO THE GUIDE 3 Can I defer? 11 APPLYING TO UNIVERSITY 4 What if I’ll be overseas/away from home in December-February? 11 How do I apply through TISC? 4 Australian Year 12 results comparison 11 Who should apply through TISC? 5 WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO KNOW? 12 Auditions and portfolios 5 What about my supporting documentation? 12 COVID-19 disruptions 5 Studies in second semester 2020 12 Applying to Associate Members 5 Documentation which TISC will try to obtain for you 12 Release of scaled scores and ATAR 5 TISC Privacy Statement 12 Applying interstate 5 Paying for university study 12 MY APPLICATION 6 Financial Assistance 12 Choosing and changing preferences 6 Scholarships 12 Method of study 7 What if I have a disability, medical condition or learning difficulty? 12 How do I start my application? 7 Extra information and advice 12 I’ve done my application – what now? 7 COURSE CODES 14 Will TISC acknowledge my application? 7 Course Codes – Some Tips 14 What’s my TISC application number? 7 Curtin University 15 I need to change my address/email address 8 Edith Cowan University 20 Emails and your junk mail folder 8 Murdoch University 26 Phone number 8 The University of Western Australia 29 Fraudulent applications 8 MEMBER INSTITUTIONS’ INFORMATION 35 Undergraduate admission requirements 8 CQUniversity 35 Applicants for Admission from ‘Non-Standard Schools’ 8 Curtin University 36 Special tertiary admissions test 8 Edith Cowan University 42 Have you had difficulties during years 11/12? 8 The University of Notre Dame 49 OFFERS 9 Murdoch University 50 Who makes the offers? 9 Tabor College 55 How are the offers made? 9 The University of Western Australia 56 What is a Selection Rank? 9 CONTACT INFORMATION 61 When will I get my offer? 9 Early offers for Year 12 students 10 DIAGRAMS How many offers will I get? 10 How do I apply via TISCOnline? 13 What are Guaranteed ATARs/Selection Ranks? 10 I’ve been made a main round offer. What do I do now? 48
/2 2 0 2 1 T I S C G U ID E IMPORTANT DATES Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, dates are subject to change; please check the complete list of dates on TISC’s website. TISC apologises for any inconvenience caused by this uncertainty – please contact us if you have any concerns about how changes in dates might affect your application. Monday 18 May 2020 Applications open. Wednesday 30 September 2020, 11.00pm ‘Early bird’ closing date – you pay a lower fee if you apply by today. Wednesday 30 September 2020, Midnight Final closing date for Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery at Curtin and for Direct Pathway Dentistry, Medicine, Pharmacy and Recommended closing date for lodging a separate application directly Podiatry at UWA – you can’t apply for the Bachelor of Medicine, to ECU for the scheduling of an audition or interview for the following Bachelor of Surgery at Curtin, or a Direct Pathway place into courses: Dentistry, Medicine, Pharmacy and Podiatry at UWA after today. You • Bachelor of Arts (Arts Management) can still change the order of existing Curtin Bachelor of Medicine, • Bachelor of Music Bachelor of Surgery, and UWA Direct Pathway Dentistry, Medicine, • Bachelor of Education (Secondary) – Music Education Major Pharmacy and Podiatry preferences on your preference list. • Bachelor of Performing Arts – Performance Making Major Monday 14 December 2020 Monday 21 December 2020 Closing date for change of address for WACE students for mailing of Universities Admission Advice Letter WA 2020 WACE results and Universities Admission Advice Letters online. Friday 8 January 2021, 11.00pm Final closing date for you to to add/re-arrange preferences Monday 11 January 2021 for main round offers. Closing date for you to update address and email address before notification of the main round of offers. Friday 15 January 2021 Final date for you to upload documents/transcripts of results for the main round of offers. Main round offers available online and emailed. Applications and changes of preferences re-open. Sunday 24 January 2021, 11.00pm This is the final day for you to apply. The universities will Thursday 28 January 2021 consider you for the second round of offers for all courses on your preference list. Second round offers available online and emailed. This is also the final closing date for you to re-arrange or add preferences for the second round of offers, and the final date for you to upload documents/transcripts of results to TISC, or update your address and/or email address before notification of the second offer round.
3/ 2 0 2 1 T I S C G U ID E PAYMENT OF APPLICATION PROCESSING FEE TISC won’t activate your online application until you’ve paid for it. HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? You won’t be able to see or use the other online options (like changing preferences) until your application is paid for. You can pay the application processing fee online at the time of APPLICATION PROCESSING FEE application or send it/bring it in to TISC. ‘Early bird’ fee up to and including 11.00pm on 30 September 2020 Make cheques and money orders payable to TISC. TISC accepts MasterCard/Visa - use the authority form on your Application Australian and New Zealand final year secondary school students, Coversheet (generated after you declare). Don’t send cash by mail. born on or after 1 March 2002: $55.00 You must pay in Australian dollars. All other applicants: $70.00 TISC doesn’t refund fees except where required by law. Standard fee after 11.00pm on 30 September 2020 up to and including 11.00pm on the application closing date (check date on TISC’s website) All applicants: $170.00 CHANGE OF PREFERENCE INTRODUCTION TO THE Via TISCOnline (online application) FREE GUIDE Applying to university can seem daunting, particularly if you’re the first UAAL (UNIVERSITIES ADMISSION ADVICE one in your family to try, but we’re here to help you. No matter what your LETTER) FOR 2020 WA YEAR 12 STUDENTS query, even if you think it’s trivial, we’ll help you find the answer, and we’ll offer good, objective advice on the best way forward. Whoever you You’ll be able to access your UAAL information (scaled scores and ATAR/ contact at TISC really wants to help – so get in touch! Selection Rank) free via TISC’s website until 1 March 2021, and you’ll be able to print a pdf of your UAAL. TISC will mail a hard copy UAAL on This printed TISC Guide is targeted at current Year 12 school leavers. TISC stationery to you if you order and pay for this service. Universities also welcome applications from people with VET qualifications, tertiary qualifications, and work and life experience. There Hard copy UAAL for 2020 WA Year 12 students: is extensive information on our website for anyone considering university $25.00 (first copy) study. $15.00 (extra copies in same order) As you skim through the Guide, you’ll notice that each major section starts with a list of selected highlights to help you locate information that you will find particularly helpful. There are also some icons to identify: • actions you may need to take • things you need to be aware of • where you can get further information.
/4 APPLYING TO UNIVERSITY 2 0 2 1 T I S C G U ID E IN THIS SECTION HOW DO I APPLY THROUGH TISC? • How do I apply through TISC? Apply via TISCOnline, TISC’s online application system at www.tisc.edu.au. But first you need to do some research: • Who should apply through TISC? • Read the sections on pages 6-11, which tell you how the preference • Auditions and Portfolios system works and how offers are made. • COVID-19 Disruptions • Check the course descriptions and admission requirements of • Applying to Associate Members courses you’re interested in on TISC’s website. Note any prerequisites and specific requirements – if you are not studying the required • Release of scaled scores and ATARs subjects, you should check with the university before applying. • Applying interstate • Check pages 14-34 for Course Codes and other information which you’ll need to apply. • Read each university’s section. • Contact the universities to find out more about specific courses. The contact details of Western Australian universities are in the university sections of this Guide and on TISC’s website. • Check timeline on page 2, and the calendar on TISC’s website. • Check costs on page 3. • Check the information about scholarships on TISC’s website. Remember: The information in this Guide and on TISC’s website is very important for your application. Go through it carefully before lodging your application, as TISC and the universities will assume you have read all relevant sections. • Upload any documentation requested by your application coversheet (see page 12) to your TISC application. • Note any extra course-related submissions you need to make (eg portfolio, personal statement, etc). These are specified in the relevant course information but are not requested by your application coversheet. • Keep your Guide. You may want to refer to it between now and January. • Check the TISC website regularly for new, amended and withdrawn courses. • Check your emails regularly (including your junk mail folder) in case TISC has contacted you about your application. • Don’t use your school email address when applying through TISC as you may not be able to access this email address once you’ve completed your Year 12 studies. Any Questions? You should find the information you need in this Guide or on the TISC website. If you still have questions about: • Lodging your application – contact TISC, and we’ll help you sort it out. • Admission requirements or course details – contact the Admissions Centre at the relevant university (see university sections of this Guide for contact details).
5/ WHO SHOULD APPLY THROUGH TISC? APPLYING TO ASSOCIATE MEMBERS 2 0 2 1 T I S C G U ID E You can only apply through TISC if you’re an Australian or New Zealand Applications for courses offered by Associate Members are not lodged citizen, or you’ve been approved or granted Australian permanent through TISC. Apply to the institution direct (contact details on inside resident status. back cover of this Guide and on TISC’s website). You can have a TISC application as well as direct applications with Associate Members or If you’re applying for permanent residence, you aren’t eligible to apply other institutions. through TISC until your permanent residence status has been approved or granted. Contact the respective universities for advice. NOTE: If you have a subclass 457 visa, you aren’t eligible to apply through TISC. You must apply direct to the relevant university(ies). RELEASE OF SCALED SCORES AND ATAR You access only your scaled scores and ATAR from TISC’s website – You must provide correct details of your current residency status when www.tisc.edu.au. you apply. If an offer is made to you, and university checks find that you’ve provided incorrect residency status information, the university You access your WACE results via the School Curriculum and Standards concerned will withdraw your offer in accordance with its policies and Authority website – www.scsa.wa.edu.au. procedures. APPLYING INTERSTATE AUDITIONS AND PORTFOLIOS To apply to universities in other Australian states, apply through that Are you applying for: state’s Tertiary Admission Centre (organisations like TISC in each state). As it will be a separate application to your TISC application, with a • WA Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) courses, separate list of course preferences, you may receive offers from more than one state. • Other ECU courses that require an audition and/or interview, or With the uncertainty around COVID-19, closing dates may vary, so it’s • UWA’s Bachelor of Music, or Music: General Studies and Music important to check these on the websites listed below if you want to Studies Majors? apply interstate. If so, you need to apply through TISC and submit a separate application The Commonwealth Government’s Course Seeker website (www. for audition/interview direct to the institution concerned (ECU and/or courseseeker.edu.au) allows you to search and compare courses from UWA). More details are in the course information on TISC’s website. across the country and may be useful if you are interested in studying For Curtin: If you’re applying for the Portfolio Entry pathway, apply interstate. through TISC and submit your portfolio directly to Curtin University. For Here are the contact details you need for other states’ admissions more information regarding Portfolio Entry Pathway, please refer to centres: curtin.edu/portfolio-entry. For ECU: If you’re a School Leaver who will obtain an ATAR, you must STATE ADMISSIONS CENTRE apply through TISC. ATAR School Leaver applicants who wish to be considered through the Experience Based Entry Scheme pathway as a New South Wales/ Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) backup, must also submit an online application with ECU and upload the Australian Capital www.uac.edu.au required supporting documents (ecuworldready.com.au/apply). Territory Non-ATAR applicants should apply direct to ECU and upload your Queensland Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) supporting documents (ecuworldready.com.au/apply). You do not need www.qtac.edu.au to apply through TISC. South Australia South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC) For Murdoch: If you’re a Portfolio applicant, apply through TISC. However, and Northern www.satac.edu.au submit your portfolio online via https://portfolio.murdoch.edu.au. Territory Tasmania University of Tasmania COVID-19 DISRUPTIONS www.utas.edu.au/apply TISC recognises that Year 12 students may have been impacted in Victoria Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) various ways by the COVID-19 pandemic. www.vtac.edu.au “ As the rest of the year may bring further changes after this guide is published, you should check TISC’s website, and the individual university websites, for the most up-to-date information. You should feel confident that SCSA, TISC and all the universities are committed to ensuring that 2020 Year 12 students have access to further study. All four universities have flexible entry options that take into account the COVID-19 situation, including existing pathways such as portfolio entry (see previous section on this page), and new options (see university websites and the Early Offers for Year 12 Students section on page 10 of this Guide). Also check the information on TISC’s You can only apply through TISC Educational Access Scheme on page 8 of this Guide. if you’re an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or you’ve been approved or granted Australian permanent resident status.
/6 MY APPLICATION 2 0 2 1 T I S C G U ID E HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS SECTION: CHOOSING AND CHANGING PREFERENCES • How many courses can I choose? • Does the order of my preferences matter? How Many Courses Can I Choose? • Are all preferences given equal consideration? You can choose up to six courses. • How do I change preferences? List them in order of preference, starting with the course you’d most like to study. You should list more than one preference, especially if a similar • Can I change preferences between offer rounds? course is offered at more than one university. Choose what you’d really like to study but be realistic in your choices. If you’re not sure whether • Second chance English test (STAT) you meet the requirements for entry to a course, check with the relevant • Have you had difficulties in Year 11/12? university’s Future Students team. Does the Order of My Preferences Matter? Yes, it does matter. You only receive one offer. Your first preference should be the course you’d most like to study, your second preference the course you’d next prefer to do, and so on up to six preferences. List only courses for which you’d accept an offer. You’ll be made an offer for the preference highest on your list for which you’re eligible, if a place is available. Are All Preferences Given Equal Consideration? Yes. Our system is designed to offer you the highest preference possible. If you’re not selected for your first preference, you’ll be considered equally with all other eligible applicants for your second preference, and so on. Your chance of being selected for a course isn’t reduced because you’ve placed that course as a lower preference. Have a look at the Year 12 presentation on our website which goes into this in detail. Can I Change My Preferences? Yes, at any time, subject to closing dates. You can change some of or all your preferences at once. Changing your preferences cancels all previous sets of preferences. You’ll have at least two full days after Year 12 results are released to change your preferences for the main offer round. We strongly recommend that you give serious thought to your preferences before then, to avoid making a rushed decision. There will also be plenty of time between the two offer rounds to review and reconsider your preferences if you wish. Can I Change My Preferences Between the Two Rounds of Offers? Yes, subject to closing dates, and if you don’t accept or defer your main round offer. Make sure that you understand the implications of changing preferences at this stage. Read the ‘Offers’ section which follows. Don’t change preferences until one of the universities or TISC notifies you whether an offer has been made. Closing Dates for Changing Preferences Check the dates on page 2 to see whether any course you want to add has an early closing date. Closing dates aren’t negotiable – TISC cannot give you an extension.
7/ How Do I Change Preferences? ECU Online Studies 2 0 2 1 T I S C G U ID E Go to www.tisc.edu.au and log in to your application. If you forget your To study online with ECU, select ‘E’ as your method of study. Internet password, follow the prompts to change it – don’t create a new access is required for all external study at ECU. application. Changing preferences is a three-step process, which involves moving through three pages online – make sure that you go through all three steps and receive a reference number, then you’ll know Can I Change My Method of Study After I Get an Offer? you’ve successfully completed the change. It costs nothing to change You’ll need to discuss this with the university when you enrol. your preferences. Will TISC Confirm My Changes of Preference? HOW DO I START MY APPLICATION? When you have finished changing your preferences online, you’ll see a You must be registered with TISCOnline to be able to log in, lodge an page confirming the changes you’ve made and providing a reference application to university and access other online functions. Current Year number, which you can print if you like. You can log in at any time to 12s are registered automatically, unless you are studying the check your preferences, but make sure that you’re viewing your current International Baccalaureate or at a non-standard school. To get started, committed preferences, rather than those in your Course Folder or those go to the Registration Status Check page for information on your 8-digit which are still uncommitted. User ID and password required for logging in to TISCOnline. Where Can I Get Advice? I’VE DONE MY APPLICATION – WHAT NOW? If you don’t understand the procedure involved, or if you’re unsure • Your application is considered for admission only after you have paid whether to change preferences, contact TISC or the Admissions Centre the application fee. When you complete the declaration step, your at one of the universities before you do anything at all – in particular, application is locked, awaiting fee payment to TISC. There are time before you accept or defer your offer. limits related to the acceptance of payments. Your coversheet will advise you of the deadline. • Make sure you read your coversheet. Your coversheet will tell you METHOD OF STUDY about any documentation that you need to upload in support of your application, and TISC will email you about any extra submissions you need to make which aren’t listed on your coversheet. There’s lots of Full-Time Studies guidance on submitting documents on page 12. If you choose ‘Full-time’ as your method of study, you’ll study a full-time load of units and enrol in classes on campus for whenever the unit is • Once the payment has been processed you’ll be able to change your timetabled. This may be in the daytime or the evening. Some units may preferences and your contact details if necessary. Any other be offered in more than one timeslot. Full-time is indicated by ‘F’ in the information can’t be changed. If you have forgotten to add something tables on pages 15-34. or made an error, submit the changes in writing to TISC. You will find an Application Changes Form on TISC’s website. • TISC is under no obligation to accept payment of applications if Part-Time Studies received after the required date. Applications that have not been paid You can study many courses part-time. Part-time means undertaking a for are considered invalid and will not be included in university offers. lesser load of study than the normal full-time load. If you’re a part-time student, you’ll study a part-time load of units on campus. You’ll enrol for classes on campus for whenever the unit is timetabled. This may be in the daytime or the evening. Some units may be offered in more than one WILL TISC ACKNOWLEDGE MY timeslot. Courses available by part-time study are listed with method of APPLICATION? study ‘P’ on pages 15-34. Print your application coversheet as a record that you’ve applied, and as a reminder to upload the documents, if any, requested on it. Once you’ve applied and TISC has processed your payment, TISC will send you an External Studies email confirmation, so you’ll know your application is live. If you’re an external (off-campus) student, you won’t normally attend classes on campus. Course materials will be mailed to you or made available online. Some courses may be offered either partially or fully WHAT’S MY TISC APPLICATION NUMBER? online. External study is available for some courses at Curtin University, Edith Cowan University and Murdoch University (method of study ‘E’ – Your TISC application number is recorded at the top of your application see pages 15-34). External study isn’t available at The University of coversheet and is the same as your eight-digit WACE candidate number Western Australia. if you’re a 2020 Year 12 student taking WACE courses or courses endorsed by the School Curriculum and Standards Authority. If you’re a 2020 final year IB student, you must register on TISC’s website before applying (see the IB brochure at www.tisc.edu.au for details of this). Curtin Online Studies Some Curtin courses are delivered either partially or fully online. If you’re If you’re a 2020 final year student at a non-standard school in WA, you an external student, you won’t attend classes on campus. Course must register on TISC’s website before applying (see Applicants for materials are available online and you’ll learn using a wide variety of Admission from Non-Standard Schools on page 8). sources that can include interactive videos and animations, simulations, online workgroups, etc. You’re required to have internet access for Online Studies. Online Studies courses are listed on pages 15-19 and marked with superscript 8.
/8 I NEED TO CHANGE MY ADDRESS/ SPECIAL TERTIARY ADMISSIONS TEST 2 0 2 1 T I S C G U ID E EMAIL ADDRESS Let TISC know in writing, by telephone or online, if you change your What is the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)? address or your email address, because otherwise you may not receive STAT is a nationally recognised set of tests offered by TISC to help important information about your application. See page 2 for the change mature age candidates gain entry to university. STAT doesn’t test of address/email address deadline before offers are made. knowledge of specific academic subjects but tests a range of competencies considered important for success in university study, such Make sure you also ask your school to let the School Curriculum and as the ability to understand and think critically about issues. As a result, Standards Authority know your new address. you don’t need any particular preparation to sit STAT. STAT is also used as a second-chance test of English competence. If you don’t achieve English Language Competency via your WACE exam but EMAILS AND YOUR JUNK MAIL FOLDER have sat the exams in English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an TISC will use email to contact you throughout the admissions cycle Additional Language or Dialect ATAR, you may be invited to sit STAT in (August through to February), so check your emails regularly (including late December/early January to demonstrate English Language your junk mail), particularly leading up to the two all-preference offer Competency for university entrance. This invitation will be on your rounds. Provide an email address which will be active throughout this Universities Admission Advice Letter (UAAL), which will also provide period (ie NOT your school email address, which you may not be able your ATAR and scaled scores from ATAR courses. If your UAAL doesn’t to access after graduation). Save the email address which TISC will use invite you to sit STAT at Year 12 results time, but you’ve sat exams in one to contact you (email@example.com) as an approved sender so that of the above English courses, you may also sit STAT to achieve English emails from TISC don’t go to your junk mailbox. Language Competency. In this case, it would be wise to check with the universities whether English Language Competency is all that is required TISC will assume that you’ve read its email notifications and requests, so to give you eligibility for university entry. See TISC’s website for if there is a problem with the email address you supply, it may affect the information on STAT and how to book a test, but note that you can’t book outcome of your application. Plus, any offer of a place will be emailed to until after the WACE examinations. If you took English/Literature/English you, so a viable email address is essential. as an Additional Language or Dialect General, you’ll need special permission from a university before you can book for STAT. The four universities have different policies in this area, so if you took one of these PHONE NUMBER General English subjects, it’s best to check with the university/ies before paying for your application or booking for STAT, otherwise your booking Provide a home, work or mobile phone number in Australia which will be form may be rejected. current during the period August to February. TISC and the universities may telephone you if the matter is urgent. HAVE YOU HAD DIFFICULTIES DURING FRAUDULENT APPLICATIONS YEARS 11/12? When you apply, you declare that your application is ‘true and complete’. If you’ve faced circumstances beyond your control that have adversely If your coversheet tells you to, you must upload documentary proof of all affected your study during Years 11 and 12, you can submit a single previous Year 12 (or equivalent), and post-secondary studies, including application through TISC’s Educational Access Scheme (EAS) to be failed courses or units. It’s a serious offence to submit a false declaration considered by each university in your preference list. or false documents. If you do, TISC will notify all participating This single application can tap into all of the following schemes as universities, and your application may be withdrawn. Some universities required: Special Consideration (Curtin), Educational Disadvantage have policies in place which will prevent you being offered a place in (ECU), Extenuating Circumstances (Murdoch) or UWay (UWA). Your EAS subsequent years. Past cases have also been referred to the police. If application will be handled in the strictest confidence by TISC and the you’re offered a place in a course and your application is later found to universities concerned. have been incomplete or misleading, your enrolment can be terminated, and your academic record annotated accordingly. EAS covers the following areas of possible disadvantage: • School environment – for example, multiple relocations during your schooling, attending a school where few students are interested in UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSION university study or a school in a rural or isolated area. REQUIREMENTS • Financial circumstances – for example, family financial hardship, low Refer to the Admissions Requirements brochure for 2021 on TISC’s socio-economic status background, or needing to work excessive website. Also see the Prerequisites and Specific Requirements sections hours to support family income. of the courses you’re interested in on TISC’s website. • Family situation – for example, family disruption, death of a close family member or friend, lack of a supportive home study environment, supporting family member/s with illness/disability, or Applicants for Admission from Non-Standard Schools Indigenous background. Apply for admission via TISC, but also include with your application a • Personal health issues – for example, personal medical condition/ statement giving full details of your upper secondary school studies. disability, or accidental injury. WACE isn’t required by any of the universities for applicants from non- • Other circumstances – for example, difficult migrant passage, standard schools, but an equivalent senior secondary certificate may refugee/asylum seeker status, leaving foster care, or any other be required. You should check with the university/ies if you are unsure. circumstances not covered above. Check the details on the TISC website.
9/ OFFERS 2 0 2 1 T I S C G U ID E HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS SECTION: WHO MAKES THE OFFERS? • How are offers made? The individual universities make the offers of admission. After any of the offer • Early offers for Year 12 students rounds, if you have any queries about why you have or haven’t been made an offer, contact the Admissions Centre of the university concerned. • How many offers will I get? • I’ve got a main round offer! What do I do next? HOW ARE THE OFFERS MADE? • I didn’t get a main round offer. Your application is considered based on selection criteria established by each What are my options? university. You’re ranked in order of merit for each course you’ve listed. Most universities consider any or all of the following when considering your application: • Second round offers • secondary studies; and • Enrolling and Deferring • other studies done while at school, such as enabling programs or VET qualifications; and • post-secondary studies; and, • in some cases, special circumstances The offer process will consider your first preference first, and if it’s possible to offer you that, will do so. If it’s not possible to offer you your highest preference, the system will ignore that preference and try to offer you your next preference. This process continues until we can make you an offer, or until all your preferences have been considered. If an offer is made, any preference lower than the offer preference is ignored. See scenario examples in the Year 12 presentation on our website, which explain this further. You can view your offer via TISC’s website. The university concerned will advise you of the offer details by email and/or mail, including information on how to respond to the offer. WHAT IS A SELECTION RANK? For most courses, you’ll be selected for admission based on your ATAR (for IB students, a conversion to a Combined Rank or Selection Rank). However, some universities assign WACE students who are eligible for other entry pathways a Selection Rank which is higher than their ATAR. For these students, selection into courses is based on the Selection Rank assigned by the university concerned. Eligibility for the entry pathways is based on specified criteria. International WACE students are not eligible for these pathways. TISC advises eligible WACE students at the time of the WACE results/ATAR release in December, via the Universities Admission Advice Letter (UAAL). The appropriate Selection Rank is automatically applied for offer rounds. For 2021 admission, the following pathways provide Selection Ranks for eligible WACE students: Curtin University’s StepUp to Curtin Pathway, ECU’s ECU Access Pathway, Murdoch University’s RISE Pathway, and UWA’s Broadway UWA Pathway. For further details about any of these pathways, see the individual universities’ sections in this Guide or the university’s website. WHEN WILL I GET MY OFFER? The four universities are making early offers to Year 12 students for some courses, as part of their response to the COVID-19 pandemic. See the next section for details. Separately from early offers, there will be two rounds of TISC offers as in previous years. Main round offers will be available to view on the TISC website on Friday 15 January. Emailed and/or mailed details of an offer will be sent by the universities over the following few business days. Second round offers will be available to view on the TISC website on Thursday 28 January with email and/or mail details sent out by the universities shortly afterwards. Second round offers will be made to eligible new applicants, previously unoffered applicants who are now eligible (including those who sat STAT to satisfy university English requirements), those who changed preferences since the previous round, and those applying for some quota courses where some places were held for the second round.
/ 10 EARLY OFFERS FOR YEAR 12 STUDENTS I’VE GOT A MAIN ROUND OFFER! WHAT DO I DO NEXT? 2 0 2 1 T I S C G U ID E The four universities are all participating in early offers to Year 12 students for selected courses. Details of the early offer schemes vary by Check the options below, or the diagram on page 48, for what to do next. university, so you should check with each university for further details. In some cases, you will still be required to lodge a TISC application. If You’ve been made an offer you’re happy with and you’re not sure whether you need to, check with the university where you want to study. This will also give you maximum flexibility when results are you’re ready to start! released, if your ATAR is higher or lower than predicted, or if you change Accept the offer, following the university’s instructions in your offer your mind about what you want to study. Remember that if you decide to email. There’ll be a deadline in your offer email, so make sure you accept lodge a TISC application after 30 September, the standard fee is $170. in time. You won’t be made any other offers. If you receive an early offer, you should check carefully whether it has conditions that you must fulfil, such as achieving a certain ATAR, or You’ve been made an offer you’re happy with, but passing particular subjects. you’d like to take a break before you start. Accepting an early offer does not lock you in, and you can still add, Apply to defer your place. There’ll be information about what is possible remove or change preferences on your TISC application, subject to and a deadline in your offer email, so make sure you act in time. You closing dates. won’t be made any other offers. You’ve been made an offer and you’re not quite sure HOW MANY OFFERS WILL I GET? now whether that’s what you really want. Generally, only one offer, if any, in each of the offer rounds. If you receive If you’re offered your first preference: an offer in each of the TISC major offer rounds, the later one supersedes Use the TISC ‘automatic safety net’. Don’t accept or defer your offer now. the earlier one. You can’t have both. Move your first preference offer to a lower position on your preference If you change preferences during the early offer period, you may receive list and try for an offer in a higher preference in the next round. You don’t more than one early offer, however again, the formal TISC offer will need to contact the university. This change of preferences saves your supersede this. offer. When the next round of offers is made, you’ll either get an offer for a higher preference course or your saved main round offer again. A new offer cancels the previous offer –you can’t hold two offers at the same WHAT ARE GUARANTEED ATARS/SELECTION time. You won’t get an offer for a preference listed lower than your saved offer. RANKS? The universities have listed Guaranteed ATARs/Selection Ranks for most If you’re offered your second, third, fourth, fifth or sixth of their courses. If you achieve the Guaranteed ATAR/Selection Rank preference: specified for a course on your preference list (and achieve English Competency and any other prerequisites of the course), you’re Use the TISC ‘automatic safety net’. Don’t accept or defer your offer now. guaranteed to be eligible for an offer in that course. The offer you You can either: receive in the offer rounds will depend on your preference order. • Do nothing at all and hope to get a higher preference offer in the Guaranteed ATARs/Selection Ranks are included with the Course Codes next round; or for 2021 admission on pages 15-34 of this Guide and on TISC’s website. Some courses don’t have Guaranteed ATARs/Selection Ranks listed, as • Move the offered course to a lower position on your preference list they have a strictly limited number of places available and/or have extra and try for an offer in a higher preference. You don’t need to contact admission criteria, like UCAT, audition, interview, etc. the university. Either way, your offer is saved and, when the next round of offers is made, you’ll either get an offer for a higher preference course or your WHAT OTHER ATAR INFORMATION IS saved offer again. A new offer cancels the previous round’s offer – you AVAILABLE? can’t hold two offers at the same time. You won’t get an offer for a preference listed lower than your saved offer. The Minimum ATAR/Selection Rank and Guaranteed ATAR/Selection Rank information in this Guide show you what will be required for entry into courses in 2021. You’ve been made an offer, but you’ve totally changed On the TISC website, you will find further details for each course that your mind about what you want to do. shows information from offers made in 2020: To reject the offer, change your preferences and remove the offered • the lowest ATAR (excluding any adjustments) and Selection Rank preference from your preference list. You’ll lose the offer, but you’ll be (including adjustments) to receive an offer in 2020; reconsidered in the next round. Most courses will continue to take students who meet the minimum entry requirements. • the maximum ATAR and Selection Rank to receive an offer in 2020; and If you’ve been offered your first preference and you don’t do • the median (middle) ATAR and Selection Rank to receive an offer in anything, the university will withdraw your offer and you won’t be 2020. considered for any other offers. The Selection Rank information is probably the most helpful guide for you. This includes any adjustment factors added to students’ ATARs. Contact TISC if you make errors These can be for a variety of reasons. See the universities’ sections in this guide for details. For 2020 WACE students, Selection Ranks for each of the TISC member universities will be printed on your Universities in changing your preferences Admission Advice Letter, as well as your raw ATAR. between offer rounds or are unsure about what to do. We can help you.
11 / I DIDN’T GET A MAIN ROUND OFFER Can I Defer? – WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS? Yes. You can defer your offer of a place for twelve to twenty-four months 2 0 2 1 T I S C G U ID E (depending on the university concerned), subject to certain restrictions If you didn’t receive an offer, don’t panic. Here are your options: and meeting the application deadlines. You can: You can defer all courses, except for Music courses at The University of • Do nothing and automatically be considered for the next round; or Western Australia, Nursing at Murdoch, and WAAPA, Nursing and Music Education courses at ECU. • Change your preferences and be reconsidered for the next round. For some courses, the universities also allow deferral for one semester if If you hadn’t satisfied entry requirements (such as English) before the second semester entry is available for the course and there are places main round, but have met the requirements since then (eg by achieving available. For further information, see the individual universities’ sections the required score in the second chance English test (STAT)), you’ll in this Guide. automatically be considered for an offer in the next round. If you don’t know why you didn’t get an offer, you really should contact the university Admission Centre(s) to receive advice on your eligibility WHAT IF I’LL BE OVERSEAS/AWAY FROM and the best pathway for you into the course/s of your choice. HOME IN DECEMBER-FEBRUARY? Let TISC know if you no longer wish to be considered for any course at You need to make crucial decisions once TISC releases your Year 12 any university and we’ll withdraw your application. There’s no refund of results, and a short time later when the universities make offers. The application fee if you withdraw your application. universities will provide details of their offers by email, so make sure that TISC has your current email address and that you check your emails (including your junk mail) around the published offer date. If you’ll be SECOND ROUND OFFERS away from your normal address during December-February, change your address with TISC or arrange for someone to check your mail for you, as You’ll be considered in the second round of offers, and may be made an some information may come by mail during this period. offer if you: If you haven’t received your emailed details of an offer from a university • Hadn’t satisfied entry requirements (eg English competency) in time by three days after the published offer release date, contact the for the main round, but have since met the requirements; or university immediately. • Changed your preferences between the offer rounds, subject to If you want TISC or the universities to be able to discuss your application, closing dates; or offer or enrolment with someone other than you, you must provide • Received an offer in the main round and elected to save that offer written authority. Download the online authorisation form (printing three (automatic safety net); or copies), fill in each form and send one to TISC. Give one form to the person you’ve nominated so they can present it if they need to contact • Applied too late to be considered in the main round; or TISC or the universities and keep the remaining completed form for • Didn’t receive an offer in the main round and didn’t advise TISC to yourself. withdraw your application. Follow the instructions detailed in your offer. It’s possible to lose an You’ll either be: offer in certain circumstances if you don’t follow the instructions. See the diagram on page 48 for guidance on your options before you respond to • Made an offer if you have met course entry requirements since the your offer. If you’re unsure of what to do, contact TISC for assistance main round; or before you respond to your offer. • Offered a preference higher than your saved offer; or After accepting your offer, and depending on the university, you must • Re-offered your saved offer; or enrol online or in person. You may not be able to nominate someone else to enrol for you. Ensure that you’re in Perth and can enrol on the • Made an offer, even if unsuccessful in the main round of offers; or specified date if you must enrol in person. • Advised that your application was unsuccessful. AUSTRALIAN YEAR 12 RESULTS COMPARISON I’VE BEEN MADE A SECOND ROUND An ATAR achieved from 2011 or later in any state or territory (2020 or later in Queensland) is considered the same as an ATAR from any other OFFER. WHAT DO I DO NOW? state or territory. Accept and enrol or defer your offer by the deadline in your offer email or Tertiary institutions throughout Australia agree that if an interstate Year you’ll lose your offer. There aren’t any further TISC offer rounds. 12 applicant has fulfilled the requirements for eligibility for selection into all courses in their home state, they are eligible for consideration for entry into courses in another state (subject to ATAR and any specific ENROLMENTS AND DEFERRALS course requirements). How do I enrol? Your offer email will outline enrolment procedures. You’ll have to enrol online or in person. Note that you will need a Tax File Number (TFN) in order to apply for a HECS-HELP loan.
13 / HOW DO I APPLY VIA TISCONLINE? 2 0 2 1 T I S C G U ID E If you already have a User ID (your 2020 WACE 1. Go straight to step 3 candidate number) and a default password 2. Register on TISCOnline and receive User ID. Set own password. If you have no User ID Don’t register if you have User ID but have forgotten what it is – email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance. Now you’ve reached 3. Thoroughly check information step 3, complete all on www.tisc.edu.au steps through to 11 4. Login to online application system on www.tisc.edu.au, using User ID and password and start application, following prompts 5. Choose at least one preference (university course) 6. Provide details of previous and current Remember: You can stop part-way through studies/qualifications your online application at any stage, save what you’ve done, and complete it another time, subject to closing dates. Until the fee’s paid, TISC won’t activate 7. Declare application your application. (accept application conditions) Also, until the fee’s paid, you can’t access (or even see) a number of online menu items (including change of preferences). Note: You’ll need to log in to your application 8. Choose payment option: • Online with credit card to access/see some online menu items. • By mail • In person at TISC 9. Print coversheet and read it carefully 10. Pay application fee 11. Upload to your TISC application all supporting documentation requested on coversheet
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